Welcome to OMEN, a page dedicated to our Love-Hate relationship with all things European.
One of the most bizarre places in Europe is the town of Baarle-Hertog/Baarle-Nassau, a town within another town. The reason for this European oddity is that in the 12th century the lord of the region began selling off chunks of land to another duke. Eventually, centuries later, those dukedoms evolved into different countries, but the borders remained the same. This created the unique situation where patches of the same town are technically in two different countries. Weirder still, the border actually passes through buildings and houses.
"Bonjour, vous avez cod and chips? And a pint of beer, s'il vous plait!"
Sin-eaters were shunned and avoided by all levels of society, but for some beggars it was the only way to survive.
Due to the extreme danger caused by roaming polar bears, it is mandatory to carry a firearm at all times when venturing outside. Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and is halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The population of Svalbard is 2642.
Germany's autobahn network has a total length of about 12,917 kilometres (8,026 mi) in 2014.